The Kogi State Government has appealed to those in charge of urban development in the State to change from their rigid old ways of doing things, by seeking new style and new ways in urban development.
Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, gave the charge at the closing ceremony of the inception workshop on Kogi State Government and UN – Habitat/UNEP Projects, held in Ogori, Ogori – Magongo Local Government Area.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Yomi Awoniyi,who was the Chairman of the Workshop Technical Sessions, particularly called on Public Officials and Civil Servants in the State to hence forth follow processes that are in conformity with best practices in urban development.
The State Governor assured of the political will expected to actualize all the recommendations arrived at the workshop.
While noting that with the close working relationship exiting between the arms of government in the State, Capt. Wada assured of passage of legislation that will aid the urbanization policy of the State.
Capt. Wada commended the UN – Habitat and UNEP team for their painstaking efforts in ensuring that the State has a city structure plan, praised the seriousness with which issues were discussed at the workshop.
In his remarks, Prof. Oyebanji Oyeyinka, team leader of the UN – Habitat/UNEP Group, commended the passion and zeal with which Capt. Wada’s administration is pursuing urbanization of the State.
Prof Oyebanji disclosed that a road map to the urbanization of the 21 Local Government Areas in the State was arrived at during the workshop.
Also speaking a representative of the Consultants/UN Staff, Prof Femi Olokesusi, called on the critical actors in Governance of the State to see urbanization and good Governance as critical in having an organized city. He however commended the exemplary leadership of Capt. Wada, in meeting the United Nations indices in making sure that towns and cities in the State are urbanized.
While reviewing the inception workshop, the Chief facilitator, Prof Ologbemiro Jegede, Secretary to the Kogi State Government, said the three day workshop was an eye – opener. He described the transformation agenda of Capt. Idris Wada as one that places the well being of people of the State a top priority.